Mykhaylo Mudryk leaving Chelsea team-mates ‘gobsmacked’ ahead of Fulham clash

Pochettino gives Chelsea team news for Fulham trip

Mykhaylo Mudryk is determined to reach his full potential after a disappointing start to life at Stamford Bridge. The Ukrainian winger is putting in so much extra work behind the scenes that his teammates say they have never seen anything like it before.

An unnamed Chelsea player told the Daily Mail: “He is trying so hard, it is like he is in the gym every hour of the day.” Mudryk joined Chelsea in January from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth £88.5million.

Arsenal had been locked into negotiations with Mudryk during the winter months and looked almost certain to sign him with the player making no secret of his desire to join the Gunners. However, conversations with Shakhtar over the transfer fee hit a snag allowing Chelsea to swoop in and hijack the deal.

Arsenal turned their attention to signing Leandro Trossard from Brighton instead for £27m. The Belgian went on to have a considerably better season than Mudryk, who was unable to register a single goal in competitive football. 

But Mudryk is working hard to amend his poor run of form and is showing some improvements to his game as a result. Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident the 22-year-old will come good in the not-so-distant future and says he has seen some promising signs both on and off the pitch.

 “He is quite unique. I think it is a good challenge for him and for [the coaching staff],” said Pochettino. “Misha is a very talented player but you need to go with him very slowly. [It’s] cultural and everything is completely different to [how we] Latin people [are].

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“He is now trying to be more open and trying to adapt and be more involved in every single situation, not only on the field, off the field also and he is making a massive effort to try and integrate himself and understand better what it means to play like a team.”

Chelsea travel to Craven Cottage on Monday to play Fulham in a must-win game. The Blues have only won one game in England’s top flight so far this season – a 3-0 demolition of Premier League new boys Luton Town on matchday three.

Since then they have been unable to get a goal in their last three league games – two 1-0 losses to Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa as well as a 0-0 draw with Bournemouth. A win against Fulham would see them rise from 15th to 11th in the table which would serve as a massive boost ahead of a tough run of games including fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

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